That brings us up to date… Most of my angling more recently has been spent in the famous Ringwood area, down south. An area that is spoilt with waters containing huge carp and somewhere I can see me spending many a year going forward!
As an angler, I, like many, try to keep things as simple as possible when it comes to rigs and rig tying. There are two rigs that play a pivotal role in my angling, and they are the D-Rig and Hinged Stiff Rig. Both incorporate some of the same components and materials, but are fished very differently depending on the angling situation and spots out in front.
The first is a simple D-Rig incorporating a Covert Dark Chod Hook and tied using my preferred 25lb Mirage Fluorocarbon. This is best suited to bottom or balanced bottom baits, and a rig that I will only fish on areas that I know are clean. Whereas my second, go-to rig, the Hinged Stiff Rig can confidently be cast to dirtier areas, to the sides of clear spots in the weed, or amongst showing fish.
As always, I tweak my rigs to suit me and my style of angling – it’s a confidence thing! You’ll often see anglers preference swaying toward high Hinges. Whereas I tend to fish mine really short – close to the deck. It’s a personal preference, but on busy circuit waters, doing things differently and making minor adjustments to your set-ups can no doubt, help you land more Carp!